Durham ON Region COVID-19 Update: Durham, is now part of the "Red" or Control category effective February 16, 2021. Effective April 3, at 12:01 a.m. Durham Region will enter the Provincewide Shutdown and as of Thursday April 8th, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Durham is under an Emergency Stay-At-Home Order with further Retail restrictions. Learn more on our community resources page. Further restrictions are extended for a five week period effective April 17, at 12:01 a.m.
The five categories are (green) prevent, (yellow) protect, (orange) restrict, (red) control, and (grey) lockdown.
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Due to the Coronavirus Epidemic being felt worldwide, our inventory levels are being pressured on Eye Protection, Respirators, Coverall suits, Pre-Filters, Refill cartridge and Sanitizing purchases. We will be reviewing and shipping inventory in order to satisfy our customers to the best of our ability based on current stock levels! Before purchasing, you may want to email us with stock enquiries.
Risk group classification: Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus is considered to be a Risk Group 3 Human Pathogen
Containment requirements: The applicable CL3 requirements outlined in the CBS and in the Biosafety Advisory for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome should be followed.
Protective clothing: The applicable CL3 requirements for personal protective equipment and clothing outlined in the CBS should be followed.
Based on a local risk assessment, appropriate hand, foot, head, body, eye/face, and respiratory protection should be identified, and the PPE requirements for the containment zone should be documented in Standard Operating Procedures. Other precautions: All activities involving open vessels of infectious material or toxins to be performed in a certified BSC or other appropriate primary containment device.
Guidelines have been provided for healthcare professionals working in infection control and prevention, suggesting eye protection (goggles or face shield), gloves, a medical mask and a fluid resistant gown or coverall ASTM CERTIFIED VIRAL RESISTANT PROTECTION . Protection from airborne particulate calls for using a respirator with N95, or FFP2 "Filtering FacePiece" and the number denotes the level of protection (92%-100) or equivalent rating. Basic Hygiene such as washing your hands with soap, and using regular hand sanitizer can also help protect you and those around you from spreading the disease. Updated list of Health Canada's approved Hand Sanitizer's.
They encourage things like: “Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave or elbow bump is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses.”
It’s stated “The reason for stockpiling these items is not necessarily because you will need to self-isolate. Having these supplies on hand will ensure you do not need to leave your home at the peak of the outbreak or if you become ill. Stock up on essentials but avoid panic buying”
To prepare for this potential situation, you should have on hand:
· feminine hygiene products
· regular detergents for washing dishes and doing laundry
· fever-reducing medications, acetaminophen or ibuprofen
· includes products children if you are a parent or caregiver
· plastic garbage bags for containing soiled tissues, waste
· household bleach for creating a disinfectant solution
· dried pasta and sauce
· prepared canned soups
· canned vegetables and beans
· pet food
A person infected with COVID-19 can be symptom free for 27 days (or longer). This symptom free time period is referred to as the 'incubation period'.
The longest known incubation period is 38 days. This was documented February 22, 2020 when a patient from the city of Enshi in Hubei, China was symptom free for 38 days after testing positive, then developed pneumonia symptoms.
A person is contagious without having any symptoms during the incubation period. The coronavirus can live up to 9 days on surfaces, including door handles.
WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:
Asked by reporters how the federal government is working to help those who may not be able to pay rent on time due to COVID-19, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the Emergency Care Benefit would provide funds to those who need it most.
“Those 5.7 million people who aren’t in the employment insurance system, those people are very important to deal with up front,” Morneau told reporters. “If they are sick or if they are quarantined or if they laid off or can’t work and aren’t getting paid they will have access to funds.”
Other measures announced today include a GST credit for low-income Canadians, a six-month, interest-free reprieve on student loan payments and a doubling of the homeless care program.
“We are doing our best to make sure that we get the funds to the people who need it most on an urgent basis,” he said. “And we will continue to think about other methods to get money to people.”
Trudeau said the newly announced Emergency Care Benefit would give those who qualify up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks. Trudeau also said Ottawa is temporarily boosting the Canada Child Benefit (CBB) over the coming months by $300 per child for the 2019-2020 benefit year.
“Our government will introduce the emergency care benefit which will provide money every two weeks to workers who have to stay home,” Trudeau told reporters outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa. “People will receive this benefit for 14 weeks for an amount comparable to the amount that would be paid through EI.”
Coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China, has now spread worldwide!
The Effects on the Economy:
The bigger story in all this, however, is that if P&G can’t maintain its own supply lines, then many other large manufacturers and retailers won’t be able to maintain their supply lines, either. And the coronavirus pandemic in China has only just begun. To date, only a tiny percentage of the total population in China has been infected, which means this will continue to play out for many months or even years to come.
A top Canadian health official says that while the federal government works to stop the spread of the coronavirus, it's also preparing a robust response plan in case containment fails.
"We can't do this with our eyes closed and not recognize what might happen weeks and months from now," Njoo said.
If there is evidence of widespread transmission of the virus in Canada and elsewhere, officials would look at measures such as "social distancing" to limit the spread of infections, he said.
We do apologize for the inconvenience, this is a very challenging time for all of us, however as of February 20th, in our Emergency Safety Meeting - we are advised to notify all New Orders with Respirator or Sanitizing products that there is a waiting period of 60+ Business Days wait on these items directly after an order is placed with us!
As of this writing, the death toll from 2019-nCoV has climbed to over 300 people, with 14,000 plus confirmed cases in at least 19 countries, including Australia, Cambodia, Philippines, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Vietnam (for real-time updates, ).
TORONTO — A man in his 50s who travelled to Toronto from China earlier this week has become the first Canadian case of the new coronavirus, health officials said Saturday as they urged calm in the face of an international outbreak. NOW A CONFIRMED CASE